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Bad breath is often a symptom of a deeper underlying illness. Bad breath, often called halitosis, is the result of less than savory odors coming from your mouth. These odors are often caused by bacterial buildup within your mouth, but can also be the result of something worse. Listed below are a few things you should know about bad breath to help you understand what may be the cause of yours:

— One of the best treatments for bad breath is mouthwash, as it can help wash away harmful bacteria and food residue that are the cause of many bad breath issues.

— Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, can cause bad breath.

— Bad oral hygiene can cause bad breath, specifically the buildup of plaque in your mouth.

— Bad breath is most often caused by improper brushing and flossing, or the lack thereof.

— Respiratory tract infections and kidney and liver issues can cause bad breath.

— Avoid bad habits that can contribute to bad breath, such as smoking or chewing tobacco.

— Medications that produce dry mouth as a symptom can cause bad breath.

Always make time in your life to visit your dentist at PR Cosmetic and General Dentistry for a bi-annual professional cleaning, and if necessary, schedule an appointment with Dr. Paul Roe for a detailed exam of your oral health. You can reach our dental office in Puyallup, Washington, by calling us at 253-435-0333. Let us help you get a whiter, brighter and fresher smile today!